I ran across a great quote this morning and thought, “How very true.”
Good cooking is an art, as well as a form of intense pleasure…a recipe is only a theme, which an intelligent cook can play each and every time with variation. – Jehane Benoit
Don’t you love that? Here at our house we love to explore and reinvent, it’s a journey all in itself. Blending flavors, textures and combinations can be such fun. We get a bit bored with the same stuff so it’s fun to try new things and branch out. That was the case this past weekend.
I made Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Bites from Melissa King at My Whole Food Life. Melissa cooks healthy real food as we do and these muffins are a winner. She’s a fun gal to read and I always look forward to reading her blogs and new recipes. Oh, and let’s face it- chocolate AND coffee together! Two of my favorite foods- is coffee a food? Oh well. When you look at the ingredient list there isn’t one item that isn’t pretty healthy for you. They’re filling and satisfying too.
Then I thought of another flavor to try, using her recipe as a base. How about Masala Chai Muffins?
The texture on these muffins will depend a great deal on how long you grind the oatmeal. That’s why I suggest grinding it very fine and then some. These are not full of refined ingredients so you may think they feel a little different than say, a full-on fatty muffin. I don’t notice a great deal of difference but I do eat this way pretty regular. I love the taste of these, spicy but yet different. For example, the black pepper gives it a tang but if you didn’t know black pepper was in the batter you’d just say “oh, what is that zing…”
These muffins freeze well, so you can make a batch and have them for a morning treat from time to time.
- 2 cups gluten free oat flour, ground up in a food processor until very fine
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ( yes you read that right)
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
- ½ teaspoon ground anise
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup almond milk or milk of choice I make my own almond milk
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1 teaspoon zest of one orange
- coconut to garnish
- Combine dry ingredients (except the coconut) in one bowl and wet in another.
- Slowly stir in the wet ingredients into the dry and mix well.
- Divide batter into a 12 muffin pan and sprinkle a bit of the coconut on top of each muffin.
- Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Again use organic as much as possible. They were wonderful and I can’t say for sure which is my favorite, the chocolate coffee or masala chai. But let’s face- it we don’t have to choose we can have both. Isn’t life wonderful?!
Leave a comment and let us know what type of muffin is your favorite.